Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New board member

SEAS welcomes new board member Lauchlin Leach who will replace Bryan Benkman

Al Jacklet was re-elected to the board as well for a 3rd term


Thanks to all of you for participating in the nomination and election process

Apologies for the delayed posting but we had a mailing glitch so we waited a bit longer than normal to certify the results

Monday, November 01, 2010

SEAS Election for Board of Directors


There were 3 Alaska seats up for re-election that were uncontested.

Troy Thomassen, Jeremy Jensen and Mitch Eide, all of Petersburg.

The nominations are in and there are 3 folks runing for the one Seattle seat.

There has been a retirement of an off-cycle member, Bryan Benkman, of the Kona Rose. So while this voting is for the one seat, the runner up will assume Mr. Benkmans' seat.

First off, Thanks for your many, many years of service, Mr. Benkman. Mr. Benkman served on the SEAS board for the past 16 years as well as prior service both on the board, committees as well as service as the President of SSRAA for years.

Now the Nominations. Two of these will serve on the SEAS board.

Kellen Patrick-- boat will be posted but he upgrades so fast I forget each time.

Alan Jacklet-- Adirondack. Service on the board 6 years so far.

Lauchlin Leach--Gorbusha.

Ballots will be mailed to all members if they haven't been already.

And remember, Task Force meeting in Petersburg November 30th.


Friday, October 01, 2010

2010 SEAS Board Nominations

There are currently 4 seats up this year for nominations.

The election will take place in November if there are any new nominations in addition to the same 4 seats, currently held by Al Jacklet, Mitch Eide, Troy Thomassen and Jeremy Jensen.

Nominations are open from last cycle through this October 22nd.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

2009-2010 Winter comes on strong in SEAK

A very weak winter makes way for the possible first reversal of SEAK pink salmon fortunes for over a decade.

Since 1999, both cycles have been a bit flushed and the winters have produced declines, albeit barely noticeable in 2003-2005 when we were on draconian limits.

Now we anticipate that we'll never be on limits again. We'll believe it when we see it. Salmon have a way of creating confusion in their returns.

The good news is that we have an odd cycle in the bag with the mildest winter we've seen in at least a decade. Hopefully this is a trend.

The bad news is that most of the smaller island systems or lower lying systems, like POW, Kuiu, Etolin, etc. have little snowpack on their mountains, so hopefully for the even cycle, we avoid a drought this summer.

Good fishing. Call anytime.

Session is over and I'm moving around to visit the fleet so call me if you want me to come to your town for lunch.

Especially if you live somewhere warm and sunny.


ps, bottom line. 26 million in 2010, 76 million in 2011.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Buyback Bill passed

HB365, which ties up the state's nexus with the Federal loan, passed without objection in both the House and Senate.

Many thanks to all of you who helped on this. Both you SEAS members as well as the great public servants, our bill sponsor, Anchorage Rep. Charisse Millett, along with our co-sponsors,Juneau Rep. Cathy Munoz,Ketchikan Rep Kyle Johansen, Juneau Rep Beth Kerttula. Wrangell Rep Peggy Wilson, as well as our companion bill in the Senate, SB255, sponsored by Nome Senator Donny Olson and co-sponsored by Juneau Senator Dennis Egan.

CFEC, with Commissioner Homan at the helm, was indispensible, as well as the administration and staff and committees who shepherded this important piece of the buyback through. Department of Law as well as Dept. of Revenue helped out a ton as well. Tom Leonard (law) and Tim Cottongim(sp) (rev).

Thanks to all of you who testified in support. Not one fisherman testified or wrote a letter in opposition.

Now it's just up to the Federal rulemaking and then the vote of the permit holders.